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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.

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Friday, December 15 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Student-Led IEPs LIMITED

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Self-determination, and the related concept of self-advocacy, have long been promoted by policymakers, researchers, persons with disabilities, family members and advocates. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students 16 of age or greater participate, when appropriate, in the development of their individualized education program (some states require that process to start earlier). Student-led IEPs are a form of self-determination and advocacy that can be an important strategy to assure equity and full participation. Research suggests that when students lead their IEP meetings, there are positive academic, social, and adult outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities . Studies also show, however, that few students are actively involved in the IEP process. For example one study reports students with no training in leading an IEP talk only 3% of the time and another study confirmed students felt that they have only a minimal role at their IEP meeting. The extent to which students are leading their IEP meetings across the country and what factors contribute to successful student led facilitation remain uncertain. This session explores these factors, including discussion of survey data from two national advocacy organizations, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and TASH regarding member experiences with student-led IEPs.

Friday December 15, 2017 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
M301 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303